Secret Affair: AAI’s western regional director on secret inspection visit at Surat airport.

Surat : At a time when the high flying Surtis are waiting with bated breath to see the enhanced infrastructure at Surat airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials seems apathetic.

This was evident when AAI’s Western region director, JT Radha Krishna paid a secret visit at the Surat airport on Saturday to avoid loaded questions from the airport activists and the media on the inordinate delay of various ongoing important infrastructural projects.

Krishna visited the Surat airport on Saturday for the inspection of the operational area and the project sites.

At present, Rs 353 crore worth of infrastructure project are going on at the Surat airport. This includes the construction of the Parallel Taxi Track (PTT), apron for parking of the aircrafts, terminal building expansion etc. These are the big-ticket projects, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation for the holistic development of the Surat airport.

Other important projects include the land acquisition for the extension of the runway, parallel runway construction, increasing bird hits

Sources said that during the coronavirus pandemic the construction work at the airport has slowed down considerably. However, the airport authorities are not in a position to explain about the inordinate delay, target date of completion of the important projects etc.

However, AAI’s western region director, JT Radha Krishna chose not to meet the media and the airport activists in order to avoid giving replies to the burning questions on the infrastructure development at the Surat airport.

An airport activist asking anonymity said, “I don’t understand why the AAI authorities avoid meeting media and activists. There should be no secret in revealing the facts on the status of the infrastructure works going on at the airport. Surtis want to know when the terminal building expansion work will get completed, CISF security, PPT, apron etc.”